Out by 10 am this morning, heading across country to the A120 and then on to Albury End for some bird atlas roving records.
200 fieldfare and 100 redwing in trees opposite the A120 vets' surgery was a good start, followed by a common buzzard, long tailed, blue and great tits. As I approached Albury End I scanned the local man made pond and to my surprise, 10 tufted duck (5 pairs) had arrived since my last visit. Also, several resident mallard, the 2 regular coots but even better, a pair of little grebes, a pair of canada geese and 2 greylag geese. New record for the parish. 99th bird species and first new bird for 2010!
Other notable sightings, in the persistent drizzle included 4 linnets, 4 red legged partridge (shown above) a solitary black headed gull followed by a lesser black backed gull and 1 common gull.
In all 32 species for a 2 hour walk.